"And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation." - Genesis 2:2-3
I've had the pleasure of observing Shabbat and celebrating the dinner in many places with many different people in my travels. However, the one I celebrated at The Green Backpackers was most unique. There was an excitement in the air to match the hustle and bustle in the kitchen as everyone worked diligently to finish their contribution to the pot luck dinner.
We were given two rules: 1. Hummus does not count as a dish (which came as a shock to this hummus lover as hummus practically has its own section on my personal food pyramid). 2. Wine does not count as a dish contribution either. Both are acceptable to bring and are very much appreciated.....you just have to bring something else with it ;) There was no shortage of wine at the table. That I can assure you. It was a splendid idea to have the dinner outside as the cool desert air was refreshing after a hot day. The stars looking down and sharing their light with us. Once all of the dishes were on the table Yoash gave a good overview on the history of Shabbat and what it means to the Jewish people. He then asked the traditional blessings over the wine and challah bread before the big feast began. Needless to say the variety of food was delicious.
The Chinese food was a big hit! Perhaps the most popular dish of the evening was ice cream that arrived more of a result of circumstance than anything else. Two of the ladies managed to procure the ice cream from a local mini market after finding out that the supermarket had already closed for Shabbat and they would be unable to prepare a meal. haha. Things worked out for the best. Everything mentioned thus far is really not that atypical of other Shabbat dinners that I have been to before. What made this one special in my eyes were the people gathered around the Shabbat table that night. Around the table were fifteen guests hailing from America, Australia, India, Poland, China, Great Britain, and Israel.
Different nationalities, races, and genders all together celebrating Shabbat. What a beautiful site to see. A memory I will always treasure. Shabbat Shalom!!